In an email sent to several people on Aug. 10, local developer Ed Shaffran has encouraged support of Jane Lumm’s candidacy for the Ward 2 Ann Arbor city council seat in the Nov. 8 general election.
The email was sent not long after news broke that Lumm had filed the necessary petitions to qualify as an independent candidate for the Ward 2 race. That race will now be contested between Lumm and Stephen Rapundalo, who won the Aug. 2 Democratic primary against Tim Hull. No Republican filed petitions to appear on the Ward 2 ballot. Both Lumm and Rapundalo have previously run for office as Republicans.
Shaffran’s support for Lumm is somewhat significant, because he previously had urged support of Stephen Rapundalo in the Democratic primary. However, in Shaffran’s email he makes clear that he stands by his earlier positive statements about Rapundalo. About Lumm, he writes: “She and her husband John have been long-time friends and I’m not one to turn my back on a friend as the players on the field have changed and I’m behind Jane.”